HP today announced the availability of SSD in their business focused HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC. HP will not be offering a 32GB SSD but will instead offer a larger 64GB SSD for those that desire this faster and more power efficient type of data storage.
The HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC
The advantages of SSD over traditional mechanical hard drives are the following:
- Lower power consumption than regular mechanical hard drive, they use less wattage than a regular hard drive
- Better reliability, SSD drives can be approximately six times more reliable than a regular hard drive with an average of 2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF)
- Better performance, data moves to and from the SSD drive almost 100 times faster than a regular hard disk in some cases
- Cooler and quieter running as there is no motor, bearings or moving head mechanism.
- More secure with data as a drop situation is less risky for losing data than the same situation with a regular mechanical hard drive
It’s interesting to note that HP will not offer a 32GB SSD like many other manufacturers have started to do. HP feels there’s simply not enough space left for storage on a 32GB drive after the Windows VistaOS and other basic software has been installed. Therefore they jumped straight to offering the more capacious, and expensive, 64GB SSD.
Pricing has not been announced by HP at this time, but availability for configuration should be soon. We would expect the upgrade cost to a 64GB SSD drive to be in excess of $500.